We have learned a great deal about vegetables over the past several years and are pretty proud of some of the systems and strategies we have developed and implemented on our yards.
COMMON GROUND GROUP MEMBERSHIP
Price: $ 300/person
The Common Ground membership helps groups of people access sustainably grown local food. By combining the purchasing power of your friends, neighbours, and/or workmates, you can keep the fresh snacks and salad greens rolling your way all summer long! Crop selection will be focussed on items that are the simplest for fresh eating, so the food will always be easy to enjoy whether you are preparing meals at home or snacking on the go.
This membership includes:
20 consecutive weeks of fresh produce from early June to late October.
Bulk deliveries valued at $15 per person, containing 2 or 3 farmer selected products for each member.
A crop selection focussed on salad greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, and snap peas with guest appearances from other crops like potatoes, onions, beets, garlic, radishes, and squash for a little variety.
Deliveries for Common Ground members will be made on Fridays during the day. We can deliver to groups in Riversdale, Nutana, or the Central Business District. Groups outside of this delivery area may arrange to pick up their produce at the farm in Riversdale at noon on Fridays.
Groups must include at least 8 members to qualify.
We only have a couple of Common Ground memberships available so once your group is organized, contact us as soon as possible to secure your spot. Download the documents below to get started.
Home Delivery and Pick-Up Membership Privileges
Memberships come with different perks depending on the location of your home in Saskatoon. If you live within our delivery area, we will deliver your produce right to your home at no extra cost. Our delivery area is currently limited to the core areas of Nutana, Buena Vista, Riversdale, King George, and Holiday Park. Here is a larger MAP of the delivery area shown below. We cannot offer home delivery to every area of the city because we do all of our farm work by bike and this commitment comes with some limits. If you live outside of our delivery area, you will need to come to our home in Riversdale to pick up your produce once a week, but in exchange for that extra effort, you can enjoy some additional customization. We setup a mini market at our home for our pick-up members which makes it possible to trade items in your share and/or purchase additional items to better match the unique preferences of your household.
Our delivery area is highlighted in red.
This is our pick up station stocked with produce for members.
Optional Vacation Week
The vacation week option gives you the chance to take a week off from your delivery or pick up at any point in the season as long as you inform us of this at least 1 week in advance. If you choose to take advantage of this option, we will add one additional delivery / pick-up to the end of your schedule so you still receive the same value of food for the season.
Membership Deadline and Payment
Memberships will be available until March 31, 2018 or until they are sold out. The number of memberships we can offer is determined by the amount of work we are able to do and the amount of land we have available. Therefore, there are only a limited number available and they will be sold on a first come first served basis. Memberships are open to the public in January. New members can claim a spot of their own as soon as they sign up and pay for their membership in full. Returning members have the first chance to snatch up 2018 memberships beginning in December and can hold their spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit with the remainder of their payment due by March 31, 2018. If the remaining balance is not paid by this date, that spot will be made available to a new member. All membership payments are non-refundable.
I loved our vegetable pick up days - the vegetables were always so beautifully presented and It was a great balance of having a wonderful surprise but also having that option to trade something you know you wouldn't use or didn't like. Thank you so much for growing our vegetables!
- Marcelline and Brad Zimmer
This produce is the most beautiful produce you could possibly find. Everything is beautiful. Not only that, but it is healthier for you, the local economy, and the environment too. I'm so glad I signed up for this and I will be signing up again for the 2017 summer. After two seasons we continue to be very appreciative that we are able to benefit from supporting an urban farm . . . the model aligns with our core values around health, environmental sustainability and community based business.
- Gord Androsoff
I am a huge fan of Chain Reaction Farm. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality and selection of produce, and felt it was excellent value for the price. I never felt burdened by items that I didn't want to use. The home delivery system is awesome. Jared and Rachel do a great job of staying connected to their members. Their newsletter did a fantastic job of describing what would arrive that day, and offered great tips and recipes for using it. I would highly recommend a membership.
- Susan Jorgensen
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I get my own box?
You sure do! When you join our farm, we will build a custom wood box that will be yours for the season. If you are a delivery member, this box will live on your front porch or other sheltered location on your property, ready to receive each week's delivery. If you are a pick up member, we will clearly label your box with your name and keep it at our home pick up station so that we can keep refilling it with your weekly share of the harvest.
When are shares delivered / picked up?
Most member produce is distributed on Wednesday evenings between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. (The exception to this is the Common Ground group membership which is distributed on Fridays. See Common Ground description above for details.) We make all of our home deliveries during these hours and notify members by text message when deliveries have been completed. We also make sure that the pick up station is stocked by 5:00pm for those members who are picking up their produce. These hours may shift a little earlier as the days shorten and temperatures drop in late September and October.
Week 3 Delivery
Salad mix - 200g
Cucumbers - bag of 5
Microgreens - 50g
Snap Peas- 500g bag
Green Onions - bunch of 6
Summer Squash - 3 fruit
Carrots - 600g
Week 7 Delivery
Summer Squash - 3 fruit
Cucumbers - 3 fruit
Cilantro - 50g
Mini Sweet Peppers - 300g
Hardneck Garlic - 150g
Heirloom Tomatoes - 450g
Hot Peppers - bunch of 3
Red Onions - 2 large
Week 11 Delivery
Onion - 1 large
Hardneck Garlic - 150g bag
Potato - 450g
Cucumbers - 3 fruit
Carrots - 750g
Rainbow Chard - 400g
Heirloom Tomatoes - 450g
Filet Beans - 300g
Week 15 Delivery
Salad Mix - 200g
Microgreens - 50g
Peppermint - 50g
Fingerling Potatoes - 900g
Leeks - 900g
Beets - 1200g
Here are all of the Standard Share boxes for the 2017 season. Our regular season lasts for 15 weeks, but there are 16 weeks of produce shown because the collection includes the final make up week for those members who used their vacation week option during the summer. If you are curious about the specific varieties of crops we are planning to grow, visit our Products page. We revise our crop selection each year in January and share this openly.
What happens if I need to miss a week?
You have two options. If you notify us at least 1 week in advance, we will cancel your box for the week you are away and add one more week to the end of your season. All members can take 1 of these vacation weeks per season if they choose. A fun alternative to this is to share your box with a friend or neighbour. We can even deliver to a different household for you as long as they are within our delivery area. This is a great way to spread a little joy in the world!
How much food will I receive?
We plan carefully for the growing season accounting for crop life cycles, planting densities, and expected yields, but we do not know what nature has in store for us each year. Therefore, we cannot garrantee the exact quantity you will receive of each crop. What we can promise is that we will honour the initial investment each member has made in our farm by returning to them that same value in produce. That means if you invest in a Standard Share for $525, you are guarranteed $525 of farm produce. As insurance, we plant a little extra of each crop so in the case that one crop does not perform as expected, we can increase the amount we deliver of another better performing crop. We recognize that this model of agriculture requires some flexibility for all of us, but with this type of cooperation, we can create a more sustainable food system that results in stronger relationships, a vibrant local economy, and healthier people.
What will an average box look like?
The box contents will vary throughout the season, but we aim to keep the quantity of food consistent so you are not overwhelmed with too much food one week and lacking food another week. The quantities in one Standard Share should be easily managed by one or two adults who eat vegetables regularly and we will support you with weekly recipes that incorporate multiple items from the box. Below are some examples of the Standard Share box contents from 2017 which have a total value of $35 per week. We define the value of each item in the box in our member newsletter each week during the harvest season.